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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Seagate Sets New Areal Density Record for Portable Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:32 PM

http://consumer.media.seagate.com/2...density-record/

"What's more significant about 1TB in this new form factor is that in order to make a drive at this capacity, Seagate reached a NEW areal density record-500GB-per platter! Areal density, which is also alternatively referred to as bit density, is the measurement of how much data can fit on an electronic storage device and is expressed in the number of bits that can be found in every square inch of space on the device. Translated into layman's terms , this essentially means that the greater the areal density, the more data can be stored in a smaller amount of physical space. Larger areal density also means faster transfer of data on a computer because the device drive doesn't have to look as far for the data."

It's quite staggering how much storage they can cram into a portable hard drive these days - yesterday afternoon a Seagate 1.5 TB FreeAgent GoFlex drive appeared on my doorstep, and I was amazed that 1500 GB worth of storage could be so small. I think this announcement is even more impressive though - Seagate has been able to shrink the chassis size down considerably (above is a before and after image), and even better boost speed. I've been told that the new 1 TB drive, using H2Bench as a measurement tool, cranks out 100 MB/s (not sure if that's read or write) compared to 83 MB/s from the previous 750 GB drive. Smaller? Faster? And USB 3.0 right out of the box? Sold!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultraportable Family of Products

Posted by Chris Baxter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Portable storage device
Manufacturer: Seagate
Where to Buy: Amazon.com (affiliate)
Price: $90 to $170 USD depending on storage size of hard drive, $99 for the Net Media device, $130 for the GoFlex TV HD, and $20 to $40 for the different cable options
System Requirements: Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP (32-bit & 64-bit) operating system or Mac® OS X operating system 10.4.9 or higher and a USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, or eSATA port.
Specifications: The GoFlex Ultraportable drive: Height - 111mm (4.39 in), width - 83mm (3.19 in), length - 14mm (.57 in), and weight - 150g (.33 lb).

Pros:

  • Wide variety of attachments and accessories that actually extend the capabilites of the drive;
  • The GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device is an easy and fun way to share your files on the network;
  • Using the optional cable attachments can greatly increase the performance of the drive.

Cons:

  • User Interface for the GoFlex TV HD Media Player needs work;
  • Taking advantage of all the accessories the product has to offer can get expensive.

Summary: Seagate has a family of portable storage devices and accessories that are aimed at keeping up with technology, making networking your storage devices easy, and delivering the media content on that storage to the place it is most useful, your TV. I got the chance to test and review these products to see if they can deliver what they promise. Was I disappointed or did they succeed at what they were designed for? Read on to find out. Read more...


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